Saturday, 9 October 2010

Roll up! Roll up!

The 'Start Vršovice' Civic Assocation was founded in 2009 to breathe new life into this historic area of old Prague.  Today, in collaboration with Café Sladkovský, they presented a superb festival of local produce, arts and crafts called 'Vršovice Sobě' - 'Vršovice for itself'.

The hugely enjoyable fair took place at the junction between Kondaňská and Krymská in a square which was a traditional marketplace in the early 1900s before being relegated to use as a car park.

Today, the cars were gone, and the stage was set for performances of live poetry and music of an exceptional quality. Alternative music from The Ecstasy of St Teresa in the morning and a performance by 'action poet' and Bohemians supporter Ondřej David were two highlights of the morning, while the afternoon saw a fabulous children's show presented by Cakes and Puppets, and more live music from Eva Holická and her gang.

They even arranged for the sun to shine all day, allowing hundreds of people to enjoy a pint and a sausage (or some of the excellent organic fare on offer) in an atmosphere which really did capture the spirit of the century-old market.  Today's picture shows Ondřej Kobza, proprietor of the new Café v Lese, playing the role of master of ceremonies.  More from the market tomorrow.


Paros Shepherd said...

Sounds great! I love local markets!

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